Not that it means anything substantive (just check out Sean's hatefest) but I am an official 2007 National Novel Writing Month "Winner":
I hit the 50,000 word mark this evening, Sunday the 25th; meaning I averaged about 2,000 words a day. Even better, my story isn't finished. It looks like it'll weigh in at about 80,000 words when it's done, which is a much better length for modern commercial fiction. Now, of course, it's even more incumbent upon me to finish it, even though it's going to take more than 30 days.
Don't go looking for "The Phlebotomist" in bookstores any time soon, though. First of all, I have to:
- Finish it.
- Let it sit.
- Edit, revise, re-write and polish it.
- Proofread it.
- Research agents.
- Compose a query letter.
- Write a synopsis.
- Submit queries.
- Agent(s) ask to see a partial.
- Agent(s) ask to see the full manuscript.
- Agent offers representation.
- Agent sells book to publisher.
So as I said, don't hold your breath to read it. Then again: I am a winner.